Superbowl Tumblers and Pitcher

My youngest daughter is a huge Patriots fan and has been since high school so when I started seeing pictures of these football tumblers in a couple of my Facebook groups I knew I had to make a set for her.  Of course I'll be making some for our household as well but we're more in to college ball and her team is in the Superbowl so she got priority.  LOL
I used Oracle 651 outdoor vinyl on these because from what I understand it's a more permanent vinyl than the standard stuff you get from Cricut or in the craft stores.  The Vinyl Spectrum carries a wide variety of colors and has what I thought were great prices and the shipping was so quick it wasn't funny.
For the cut files, I used a couple that were shared in my Silhouette FB group but the NE logo I actually traced and created on my own from a picture I found on the net.  It was the first time I'd ever tried creating my own file so I was excited at how easy it was to do in Silhouette Studio and that it turned out so well.
Needless to say, my daughter is ecstatic and says I'm a "cool mom".  Gee if only I had know it was that easy.............

Love Arrow

Happy Friday everyone.  As we draw ever so much closer to Valentine's Day today our Cardz TV card design team begins their hearts challenge.  That's right.  Make a card - for any occasion really - but just be sure to use a heart on it somewhere.
For my take on this week's challenge I used a piece of double sided paper from my K & C Company mat stack Valentine.  I then found this great card file (Design ID #72882) in the Silhouette store.  Pair the two together and you get a great Valentine's Day card.
But wait.  That's not all. 
When you open the card there's this cute cupid frog with his own love arrow.  This cute file came from Marjorie Ann Designs and he's in the Sealed with a Kiss file.
The sentiment on the bottom of my card is from the Cardz TV Stamps stamp set titled Happy Days.
And now that you've seen my take on this week's challenge be sure to check out the other wonderful designs our team created for you.  Then be sure to create your own card using a heart, link up and play along with us.

Radioactive Love

Today I have a layout that I would like to share with you.  To create my layout I used this wonderful file from Too Cute by Jessica called We Have Great Chemistry.  Now I'm going to admit that I did not paper piece all of this together.  Instead I used a combination of piecing and print 'n cut.  My boy and girl are both print 'n cut and everything else is pieced.
The larger hearts are from the Cricut cartridge Create a Critter.
The stamped sentiment on the black board is from the recently released stamp set by Pretty Cute Stamps titled We Have Great Chemistry.  It's almost as if this file and stamp set were made for each other.

Brr - It's Cold Out There

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to another DoubleClick Skittles Challenge.  This week we're going to the birds.  That's right create a card or project using any kind of bird.
For my card I used the Cricut cartridge Graphically Speaking for the tree and Baby Steps for my bird in the nest.  I found this great paper with the foiled flourishes and thought it would create the perfect background for a cold, blistery look.
Once I got the card laid out I added some snow effects to the tree branches using my DecoArt Snow Writer.  My stamped sentiments are from the Winter Wonderland stamp set by My Craft Spot.
The skittles at the bottom of my card are the colors Stream and Frosty Kisses.  Be sure you check out all of the exciting colors available here.  I don't know about you but I am addicted to these little gems!
Now that you've see my take on this week's challenge be sure to create your own, link up and play along with us.  Happy crafting.

Get Well Tissue Cover

With so many different illnesses and sniffles going around I thought I'd create a Get Well project.  Some time back I came across this great file for creating a cover for the pocket packs of Kleenex and I saved it not knowing when or if I'd ever really use it.  Well, this past weekend I decided to dust it off and put it to use.  If you'd like to get your own copy of this file visit Jamiek711 Designs' blog here.
For my cover I decided to use this ever so cute Get Well Wishes file from Marjorie Ann Designs.  I mean seriously, how much more perfect could this mouse with his own box of Kleenex be for this project? 
The only hard part about this was deciding what paper to use.  After looking through several of my mat stacks I settled on one from DCWV titled All About Girls.  My stamped sentiment is from the Say it Big stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas.
I'm entering this into the following challenge.
Craftin Desert Divas - 3D challenge - Ends February 1st

You're Sweet

It's the beginning of a new week and that means it's time to go back to work and the real world while leaving my craft room behind.  Sad I know but at least I was able to enjoy myself over the weekend and get a good bit of paper crafting done.
So with that said, I wanted to start the week of by sharing this adorably cute Valentine I put together using the Cupid Cutie file at Marjorie Ann Designs.  Not only are the 'cupids' in this file all cute as can be but they are super easy to piece together!  That of course helped to make this yet another quick and easy card.   Especially since I also had pre-embossed card blank from DCWV that was just perfect for showcasing this cutie.
The stamped sentiment is from the recently released Lollipops Galore stamp set from Jaded Blossom.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenge:

DL ART - Thankful Thursdays Valentine Challenge - Ends February 10th

Cupid is Stupid

Hurray for the weekends and being able to just sit in my craft room and play away.  I've been able to get several cards and projects completed already.  But before I take a brief break to get some housework done I wanted to share my first ever ANTI- Valentine with you.
Jaded Blossom recently had their January stamp release party and when I saw the Cupid is Stupid stamp set I couldn't resist.  I wasn't sure what I'd actually do with it.  All I knew was that I had to have it and so I made the purchase.
After several days of trying to decide what to do while reading and re-reading the sentiments I finally got the idea to create a card that looked like someone was targeting in to shoot cupid.  Then I remembered this angry cupid file over at SVG Cutting Files and thought he was perfect.  After all what cupid would be happy to see that someone has a target on him?
Where did the target come from?  That's from the Cricut cartridge Outdoor Man.
Oh and here's what I decided to do for the inside of my card.  After stamping the sentiment and heart on the inside I realized that I smeared a small spot of the ink so I went back and stamped the pins individually, cut them out and layered them back on.  I then took a bit of red Smooch and painted the heads of the pins.
And there you have it.  My first - but certainly not the last - of my Anti-Valentine's Day Cards.
Now I'm off to go enter this card into the Anything for Your Valentine challenge at SVG Cutting Files.  Challenge ends February 14th.

Easter Bonnet

So I bought this new stamp set titled Happy Easter from My Craft Spot during her store closing and as soon as it arrived I just had to play with it.  Luckily I found this great bunny all dressed up for Easter and I knew she was just perfect to go with this sentiment.
Where did I find this adorable bunny you ask?  Why from Too Cute by Jessica of course.  It's one of the several great cuts you'll find in her Easter Bunnies and Chicks file.  And if you hurry you just might find that she's still running her 90% off sale.
In addition to the great svg file I also used a smidge of my Cricut.  Yep, the grass was cut using the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.
And there you have it.  My first Easter card for the year.


Today I have a quick and easy Valentine to share with you.  For this one I used another of the adorable files over at Marjorie Ann Designs.  If you have been to this website yet you have got to check it out.  This particular file is called Sealed with a Kiss.
My card itself is from DCWV and came already embossed so that meant half of my work was done for me.  All I merely had to do was find papers that complimented each other and piece it all together.
My SWAK sentiment is from the Fresh Squeezed Stamp set titled Envelope Please.
Not to bad for a quick and easy card huh?

Zombie Valentine

As a huge fan of the Walking Dead I couldn't pass up the opportunity to incorporate at least one zombe into a Valentine's Day card this year.  Now I didn't want any of the gore that comes with the show and 'typical' zombies but I did want the fun.  So what better cuts to use than these adorable zombies from Too Cute by Jessica?
I fell in love with these guys back over the Halloween season but when I remembered about the one zombie holding his heart in his hand I was like, yep - that's the one.  After all isn't that what Valentine's Day is about?  Giving your heart and love to someone?
Other than the zombie file the only other cut I used for my card was the grass and that is from the Cricut cartridge Sports Mania.
My sentiment is just one that I printed on my background paper.  That's right, no stamps were used in the making of today's card.  But don't you worry because they were used on the next one.  LOL
Have a great day everyone!

Jester's Shoe Treat Holder

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to another PDE Linky Party.  Today our design team has created some wonderful 3D projects for you and we're hoping that you'll come play along with us.
For my project I decided to jump a little bit ahead of Valentine's Day and create something for Mardi Gras.  The cut file I used is from the Santa's Helpful Elves file at SVG Cuts.  I picked up some metallic paper in shades of green, purple and yellow so that I can change this elf shoe to a Mardi Gras jester's shoe.
To complete the show I adhered some purple eyelash yarn along the opening edge and then added some tinseled pom poms in green and purple.
Then I baked some chocolate chip cookies, placed them in the shoe and gave it to one of my physical therapists who absolutely loved it.
So now, let's see what 3D magic you can create.  You know you can do it.  So come on, create your project, link up and play along with us.  Need more inspiration?  No worries.  Hop on over to the PDE Linky Party blog and check out the other great designs the team put together just for you.

I am entering this treat holder in to the following challenge:

Craftin Desert Divas - 3D Linky Party - Ends February 1st

Baby Cupid

Today I have another in my string of Valentine cards to share with you.  When I saw this file at Marjorie Ann Designs I couldn't resist and immediately went to work.  It was great timing in coming across it too because this week Cricut's free cut of the week is Word Bubbles and included in that file was this equally as cute heart shaped bubble.
The stamped sentiment is from the Say it Big stamp set by Craftin Desert Divas.
I even 'decorated' the inside of my card a little bit this time instead of just printing a sentiment like I normally do.  Now I'm not the best at decorating the inside but here's what I did.

The stamps I used for this are:
The Envelope Please from Fresh Squeezed Stamps for the lips.  I am sorry to report; however, that they are no longer in business.
Snail Mail from Cardz TV Stamps for the sentiment

Silly Snowmen

Today I have a whimsical card to share with you.  As much as I hate cold weather and absolutely can NOT wait for the warm weather to get here I couldn't resist this adorable cut file from Too Cute by Jessica.  Now, I'm not sure which is cuter - the silly snowmen themselves or this funny sentiment I found in the My Craft Spot stamp set titled Winter Wonderland.  Either way they worked beautifully together to create a fun card.
In addition to using the great Silly Snowmen svg file from Too Cute by Jessica I also used my Cricut cartridge Wild Card for my snowman's banner.  I also decided to trade out the buttons in the cut file for some skittles I found at Michael's.
And now I'm off to go enter this into the following challenges:

Winter Fun challenge - Fantabulous Cricut Challenges - Ends January 18th

Picture challenge - Die Cuttin Divas - Ends January 18th
(I'd have to say the snowflakes in this pic makes me think of cold, snow and of course snowmen)


First off I owe everyone a huge apology as I forgot to post this card yesterday for the Cardz TV any occasion challenge.  I've been sick all week and yesterday was my first day back to work and man I'm just way off track.  But without further delay, I give you my card for this week's challenge.
For this card I used the Father's Day Fishing Vest card from the Silhouette store, ID # 61021.  And the little fish in the pocket is from the Cricut cartridge Wild Card 2. 
I had this great scrap of fishing paper in my stash and thought it was perfect to use as the shirt for the card.  Then I just chose shades of browns to compliment it for the vest.  Then I tied it all together (literally) using some twine.
The stamped sentiment on the pocket of my vest is from the Cardz TV Stamps set Summer Fun. 
There's more to the sentiment but I only wanted this one word so I masked the rest of the stamp.  Then I used another sentiment (Have a SUN-sational day!) from the set for the inside of my card.  I just love how Mary's stamps are so versatile for all sorts of occasions.
And now that you have seen my take on this week's challenge, be sure to create your own card, link up and play along with us for your chance to win.  Happy crafting and I can't wait to see what you create.

Your Love Bowls Me Away

Today I have a quick Valentine to share with you.  For this project I let the paper and the cut file do all the work as the two went together beautifully.
I can't remember where I found this bowling paper, probably at the local Scrapbook Clearance Center, but even now that store has gone out of business.  I did a lot of shopping there but there were definitely times that I looked at prices and thought no way was that half off regular retail. 
But I digress.  So I found this great paper in my stash and it's called Bowling Star Yellow by Scrappin Sports and More.  Unfortunately the company is no longer in business so finding it is difficult and pricey.  Kinda makes me not want to use what little I have left.  LOL
The cut file I used for my card is from Too Cute by Jessica and is - of course - titled Your Love Bowls Me Away. 
On the inside of my card I decided to print the title to use for my sentiment.

Graduation Announcements

So this weekend I was playing around with this step card I purchased from the Silhouette store.  My idea was to create a congratulations you graduated card but my husband loved it so much that after I had it half way done we started playing around with our son's mock up ideas for his graduation announcement.  Needless to say there will be changes such as adding in the piece for the time, location, etc.  And unfortunately our local scrapbook store has closed shop so I'm not sure I'll be able to get my hands on any more of the NHS Eagle paper.......but I heard there's another location close by to check out so we'll see.
In the meantime, here's where I've got.  The Eagle on the outside of the card is from the Cricut Summer Celebrations.  Instead of using it as a print 'n cut I just place it where I needed to print.  When it comes time to create the "real" card I might use the print 'n cut but I'm not sure.  The eagle on the inside is an SVG that I collected from one of the groups that I belong to.....sorry but I don't remember which one. 
The school's colors are black, gold and maroon so I've incorporated all of those in to this card.  Fortunately I have several sheets of this graduation cap paper in my stash because the ones currently on the market just don't do as much justice for this card.
Once I work the final kinks out with my son I'll share the final version.  But until then this is our announcement in the rough......

Valentine Mailbox

I discovered by accident that this great 3D valentine mailbox was the free cut of the week in Cricut Design Space and I just had to play with it.  I wanted it to be large enough to hold little valentine cards (like the ones we used to exchange with our classmates in elementary school) so I had to have a sturdy paper to use.  Fortunately I had enough sheets of this great heart paper from the Rockstar mat stack by DCWV to do the job.
To 'decorate' my mailbox I used this adorable Ewe Make Me Happy file from Too Cute by Jessica.  I used both print 'n cut and piecing for my sheep.  The one on the front of the mailbox is pieced and the two on the sides are print 'n cut.  The stamped sentiment is from the Say it Big stamp set by Craftin' Desert Divas.
After putting my mailbox together I decided to make a couple of valentine cards to go with it.  For these I used a variety of both Cricut cuts and SVG files: 

  • Cupid is from the Cricut cartridge Seasonal Characters
  • Ariel a combination of an SVG file that I layered with a heart from Gypsy Wanderings and some text.  After putting it all together in DS I grouped the pieces and flattened them so that it would print as one piece.
  • Tigger is an SVG from one of my groups
  • Love lamb is a clip art this is included with the Ewe Make Me Happy file that I brought in to DS and turned into a print 'n cut
As for the stamped sentiments - those are from Craftin Desert Divas (Say it Big) and Cardz TV Stamps (Snail Mail).

Bear Hugs

Thank goodness for weekends.  I really needed some time to just sit down and play in my craft room.  It's been a busy, crazy, stressful work week so it was great to sleep in an extra hour and then wake up to having my oldest son home for a bit. 
The card I'd like to share with you today was not created for Valentine's Day but for an anytime someone needs a pick me up.  However, it could be used for Valentine's as well - it just wasn't where my brain was going.  LOL
I found this wonderful Pooh Bear svg in one of my groups so it's not my own creation and that means I can't share it - sorry.
My stamped sentiment is from the Cardz TV Stamps stamp set Beary Sweet.  The skittles are from a set that I found at Michael's.
I based the layout of my card on the sketch below that is this week's challenge over at Die Cuttin' Divas so I'm going to enter this card in to their challenge. 
There's still a little bit of time to play along but the challenge does end tomorrow.

Bean & Potato Chowder Recipe Page

Today we're taking a brief break from Valentine's Day so that we can bring you scrapped recipe album page complete with a wonderful cold weather recipe.
To create this page I used the Bon Appetit chefs file from Too Cute by Jessica.  Now I have to admit that this particular file had some challenges when it came to putting the pieces together.  But if you have the patience it is well worth the effort.  Even though it was more difficult than other files I've done it was still fun.
I loved the way Jessica had these guys doing the pyramid in the file pic so I decided to run with it and recreate the "scene" for my recipe page.

Sending Love

I have another Valentine's Day card I'd like to share with you today.  This one was created using the adorable I Heart Ewe file that Too Cute for Jessica made and was offered to the members of the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on Facebook.
My XOXO papers are from the Valentine mat stack that was put out by Michael's in house Recollections line last year.  My heart papers are from an old mat stack by K&Company, also called Valentine.
My stamped sentiment is from the Funny Mail 2 stamp set by Jaded Blossom.  I bought this stamp set primarily to use for when I'm filling orders that are placed from my website but as you can see it's versatile enough to use for other occasions as well.
Now I'm off to enter my card in to the following challenge:
Pinks - Hiding in My Craft Room - Ends January 9th

Valentine Spinner Card

Surprise!  I have a Valentine's Day card that I'd like to share with you today.  This one was created using the Valentine Spinner file (#38242) from the Silhouette store.  One of the things that I like about this cut is that you can add your own stamped or handwritten sentiments instead of the word cutouts provided with this file.
However, when I was putting my card together I discovered that with all the stamp sets I've purchased over the past year I do not have any for Valentine's Day.  I'm not sure how that happened but I will soon be rectifying that as there are stamp releases getting ready to take place for several companies including Jaded Blossom and Craftin' Desert Divas.  Needless to say I'll be checking these out along with keeping my eye on other companies for potential releases.

I Heart You

Today I'd like to share a Valentine's Day project I put together using this great file with the mouse hands in a heart shape.  This was one of the last files I downloaded from an SVG group I was in before the group was closed.  I'm so glad to because I love this little file.
The ornaments were ones that I found in the Christmas clearance isle at Michaels last week.  I got them for 75% off and now wish I had picked up more than three packs.  But I didn't want to be too greedy either so I left some behind so that others could enjoy making projects as well.
To create these ornaments I used the Mop 'n Glo "method".  Just pour a little mop 'n glo inside the ornament and gently swirl it around so that the entire inside is wet.  Pour the wax back into the bottle and then add in glitter.  Put a finger over the opening and then shake the ornament around so that you get glitter to stick to the inside with no pockets.  Then place back on the tray and allow to dry overnight.
I cut the hands and bows from vinyl - using the printable vinyl for the bows.  I tried to layer regular vinyl but because of the size of the project the holes didn't cut too well.  Even using the printable vinyl had challenges though because the bows were so small that the machine could not register the cut marks.  That meant having to print and then cut by hand.
Still I think they all turned out beautifully and I can' wait to give these away as gifts this Valentine's Day.

Hello Cutie Treat Box

Happy weekend everyone.  Today I'd like to share a cute little Valentine's Day treat box I put together.  Not sure why but I have been on treat box kick lately and I'm having a lot of fun with them. 
For this treat box I used the heart keyhole treat box from Cricut's Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.  I found this great double sided paper that was perfect for a box in my stash and was excited to put it to use.  I then cut my owls from a file I found over at Too Cute by Jessica called Valentine Sweeties.  Owls are another thing that I've had a lot of fun making over the past few month and these big eyed cuties were no exception.
The stamped sentiment I used for this box is from the Jaded Blossom stamp set titled Hello Hello.
Now stay tuned as we are just getting warmed up on our Valentine's Day crafts.